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It’s tax time again, and the results of a survey released today find a third of vehicles owners who receive refunds will spend some of that money on vehicle-related expenses.
Ford is doing a little turn on the catwalk – the automaker is showing off how its car parts can also be used as a fashionable ensemble.
Part of a celebratory month-long event celebrating 100 years of Ford in Britain, the company commissioned cool and stylish fashion items including a dress and necklace made out of Ford car parts. The pieces for this fashion shoot were designed by Scottish Designer of the Year nominee Judy Clark (who worked with the late Alexander McQueen) and jewellery designer Katherine Hawkins.
“My reaction when they approached me was one of delight to be a part of such a unique project as it’s very different to what I normally do,” said Clark . “I would say that the inspiration for the dress was taken from the Edwardian period and I actually started to design the dress before the car parts arrived.”
The necklace designed by Hawkins was inspired by the iconic movie Metropolis. “When the box of car parts arrived, I didn’t really know what to expect,” said Hawkins. “It doesn’t help that I can’t actually drive so at first I didn’t know what the parts were for! But once I got them spread out to see how they look and sit and how I could work with them, the idea came very quickly and I was able to use really cool metals, plastics and rubbery bits!”
In a very surprising and unfortunate move, HKS USA sent out an email to several of their dedicated distributors stating that HKS USA will cease to exist by the end of August, 2011. Opened since 1982, HKS USA was one of the pioneers in America in distributing high quality, Japanese-made parts to our market. In addition, we were always blessed by seeing some of the most ultimate car builds from Japan over in America thanks to HKS USA’s operation.
While we’re all well aware that our industry is going through some tough times right now, it has become even tougher for many Japanese aftermarket parts manufacturers that have a stateside operation. Combining the struggling economy in America and Japan’s recent and tragic disasters, it really shouldn’t be a huge shock to many of us that these unfortunate events are occurring.
The letter simply states that HKS will be transferring its U.S. operations to Japan and will continue to export products to America but HKS USA as a whole will cease to exist. It will be interesting to see how this impacts HKS Japan and whether or not America’s market was strong for them to begin with.
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